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Minister’s needs to make decision to support crew

Spokesperson for labour

12 August 2011 MEDIA STATEMENT

Minister’s needs to make decision to support crew

The Minister of Labour could put concerns to rest about the future of the Oyang 75 fishing crew in New Zealand, by simply waiving the $550 fee required for them to appeal the notice of deportation says Labour issues spokesperson, Darien Fenton.

“The Anglican Church today said it will challenge the notice on humanitarian grounds, but that means they have to find the fee for the 32 crew members who left the Korean ship after human rights and labour law breaches.

“The Church shouldn’t have to do that. Nearly two weeks ago, after speaking with those who have been supporting the crews, I rang and wrote to Kate Wilkinson, in her role as Associate Minister of Immigration, asking her to waive the appeal fee,” Darien Fenton said.

“I also asked her to continue to support the crew’s accommodation costs while evidence of their treatment is collected, and while they pursue their right to be paid according to New Zealand law.

“The reply from the Minister declining both requests was disappointing, but not surprising.

“There are many good people and communities who have been working to support these men, and others who have had their plight highlighted in the media, but in the end, the right of the Oyang 75 crew to stay in New Zealand to challenge their unfair treatment will come down to a political decision.

“The Minister can make that choice today. This is about ensuring a just outcome for the fishing crews, their families back in Indonesia and about maintain the reputation of New Zealand as a fair country,” Darien Fenton said.


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